Everything you have ever desired is yours if you simply believe you can have it!  This is the message of the wildly
popular guidebook to success,
The Secret, written by Rhonda Byrne with contributions from a slew of pseudo-
experts in pseudo-science (and marketing).  The premise is that the Universe operates according to the Law of
Attraction, which is a natural force (just like gravity) by which the magnetic frequency of your thoughts draws to
you those things your mind focuses on.
    Telling people exactly what they want to hear, couched in somewhat scientific terms and woven together with
bits of genuine wisdom, has been a recipe for getting rich quickly for thousands of years.  That’s the
real secret,
and those poor souls who are so blinded by their own wishful thinking that they are willing to believe these kinds
of claims will continue to fall victim to this scam over and over again.  It will work if they
believe it will work, and
if it isn’t working it must mean that their faith is not strong enough.
      I won’t go into the details of how I came to read
The Secret, but as I got into it I found that I could not help
but begin composing a list of everything in it that I found absurd, illogical, scientifically false, or just plain
ridiculous.  This document quickly changed from a serious list of counter-points to a sarcastic tirade against the
sheer stupidity of these ideas.  If you have read
The Secret and believe what it says, this will probably offend you.
    The kinds of beliefs that
The Secret preaches are exactly those that we need to abandon if we are to make
any progress towards a higher enlightenment as a species.  We must not accept a characterization of the Universe
as a conscious entity which understands and responds to our petty human desires, and that the answer to our
problems is not hard work and sacrifice but a furious effort to think positively and imagine that success is
guaranteed.  Finally, success itself should be characterized as more than just good looks and a lot of money, and
we need to get beyond the egocentric attitude that is pervasive in this book if we are to have any hope at all.


Why “The Secret” is Bullshit
A simple refutation of The Secret’s central claim.

•        There is no correlation between the magnetic frequency of a thought and what you are actually thinking.  If
this were so, we would know everything there is to know about the mind.  Scientists could tell you what you are
thinking about simply by measuring the frequency of your thoughts.
•        Magnetism results from the alignment of electrons, most common in heavy elements like iron.  A thought is
not made of iron—it is the result of thousands of electrical charges firing through your brain at one instant.  Each of
these tiny charges has electromagnetic properties just like everything else, but beyond that there is nothing
magnetic about them.
•        Finally, there is no physical force in the universe by which the magnetic frequency of a thought can
somehow latch on to the
object of that thought and influence events to bring that object to the source of the
thought.  The difference between a thought (a torrent of electrical signals firing among millions of neurons in a
brain) and the
object of a thought (a solid piece of matter composed of atoms and molecules that do not resemble
a thought in any way) is so great that to suggest one can have such a direct and powerful affect on the other is the
height of absurdity.


Other Reasons “The Secret” is Bullshit:
Obvious flaws in the claims of The Secret made in Chapter 1.

•        “Great thinkers including Socrates…shared it [The Secret] in their writings and teachings” (4).  
Socrates did not know The Secret.  Socrates went around Athens challenging the beliefs that people took for
granted.  He would have been the most sceptical critic of The Secret alive.  Also, if he really practiced The
Secret, he probably would not have let himself be executed.  The hemlock would not have killed him if he
believed he could survive it.
•        
“Have you ever started to think about something you were not happy about and the more you
thought about it the worse it seemed?” (8)
.  That certain thoughts lead to similar thoughts is not proof of the
law of attraction, but a truism so obvious it’s barely worth thinking about.
•       
 “When you focus your thoughts on something you want, and you hold that focus, you are in that
moment summoning what you want with the mightiest power in the Universe.  The law of attraction
doesn’t compute    ‘don’t or ‘not’ or ‘no,’ or any other words of negation” (14)
.  Somehow this magical
frequency by which the Universe is actually able to understand what you want and deliver it to you can’t seem to
process negatives, and mistakenly thinks you want what you actually don’t want.
•        
“Quantum physicists tell us that the entire universe emerged from thought!” (15). This is true—
there
are five or six who do tell us that, and they are laughed at by most of their colleagues.  Not that this is an
absurd idea, but this sentence leads you to believe there is a consensus when this is actually the opinion of a
minority.
•        
“You create your life with your thoughts” (16).  It is true that we create our lives with our minds—we
are our minds.  Everything we do is done with our minds—that’s the only way for it to work.
•        
“Quantum physics…says that you can’t have a Universe without mind entering into it, and that
the mind is actually shaping the very thing that is being perceived” (21)
.  Even if thought is a fundamental
property of the Universe—and it might actually be—this does
not entail that you can have whatever you want just
by thinking about it.  There is no justification for such an inference.
•       
 “I am the master of my thoughts’” (23).  You are the master of your thoughts whenever you are
thinking about your thoughts.  But let go for a second and thoughts will flow to you without any control by your
ego.
•        
“Your current thoughts are creating your future life” (25).  What you think about does determine
your future.  This is not magic, it’s common sense.  If I am only thinking about becoming a musician and spend my
time practicing music, I will not accidentally wind of up a doctor.
•       
 “Often when people first hear this part of the Secret they recall events in history where masses
of lives were lost, and they find it incomprehensible that so many people could have attracted
themselves to the event…If people believe they can be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and they
have no control over outside circumstances, those thoughts of fear, separation, and powerlessness, if
persistent, can attract them to being at the wrong place at the wrong time” (28)
 The author actually
suggests that victims of genocide bring about their own doom by being on the wrong mental frequency.  All twelve
million holocaust victims died because their minds were just too weak to believe that they really
did have control
over their circumstances and if they just thought more positively, they didn’t have to be holocaust victims!
•        
“So when you think a sustained thought it is immediately sent out into the Universe.  That
thought magnetically attatches itself to the
like frequency, and then within seconds sends the reading of
that frequency back to you through your feelings.  Put another way, your feelings are communication
back to you from the Universe” (33)
.  I don’t understand how anyone can read this and then take anything else
in this book seriously.  First—even if thoughts actually flew out into the universe at a certain frequency (which they
don’t), they are not going to magnetically attach to anything.  Feelings are our response to chemicals produced
in the brain by the hypothalamus and pumped through our bloodstream.  There is nothing magnetic about them!  
Unlike thoughts, they are not composed of electrical charges and certainly do not share a like frequency.  Finally,
even if someone could come up with some explanation that made any sort of sense as to how the
entire Universe
conspires to implant feelings into your body based on the thoughts you are transmitting, we would still have to
wonder why the hypothalamus is producing all these chemicals when the Universe is already doing all the work.
•       
 “…a wonderful quote from the great Albert Einstein: ‘The most important question any human
being can ask themselves is, “Is this a friendly Universe?”’.  Knowing the law of attraction, the only
answer to give is, ‘Yes, the Universe is friendly…This is a magnificent Universe.  The Universe is
bringing all good things to me.  The Universe is conspiring for me in all things.  The Universe is
supporting me in everything I do.  The Universe meets all my needs immediately’” (40)
.  Yes, the
Universe is very friendly.  That’s why tiny changes in the planet’s ecosystem have always brought about mass
extinctions.
•        
“The law of attraction is a law of nature.  It is as impartial as the law of gravity” (43).  Gravity is a
law of nature, but there is not a single physics textbook in the world that lists the law of attraction as a law of
nature.
•        
“Nothing can come into your experience unless you summon it through persistent thoughts” (43).  
If you actually wanted to think of a counter-example, you could probably come up without about two hundred of
them within ten minutes.  Unless nothing unexpected has
ever happened to you.


Actually…It’s All True!  
After setting my doubts aside, I’ve decided to have some fun and examine the consequences of my
newfound belief system!

The Secret Made Simple
•        “The first step is to ask.  Make a command to the Universe.  Let the Universe know what you
want” (47)
.  Just ask the Universe and you can have, be, or do anything!  Just because the Universe is billions of
years old and larger than anyone can possibly comprehend doesn’t mean it’s not only aware of all the tiny lice
crawling around on this speck of dust of a planet, but it actually knows what we are thinking and cares enough to
fulfil our every desire!  And “there are no limits” so if I ask the Universe to turn me into a bird so I can fly, or to
transport me to the core of the sun and be completely comfortable and unharmed, it can do that with no problem!

How To Use The Secret
•        “Step two is believe.  Believe that it’s already yours.  Have what I love to call unswerving faith”
(48)
. Just believe with every ounce of your being not just that you will get it, but that you already have it.  How
can you go wrong?  I asked the Universe to make me bullet-proof, and since I have absolute faith in The Secret I’
m going to take this gun and shoot myself in the face.  I wouldn’t pull the trigger unless I really believed that the
Universe was going to do this for me.  So therefore I’m guaranteed to survive!
•        
How it will happen, how the Universe will bring it to you, is not your concern or job” (51).  Don’t
worry about
how you’ll get what you want!  Just let the Universe do it for you.  If you’ve asked the Universe for a
million dollars, there’s no need to go out and do anything to try and make money.  You might as well quit your job
and stay home all day, because since you have total faith in The Secret that million dollars is just going to fall right
out of the sky and land in your lap.  In fact, it already has!
•       
 “Step three, and the final step in the process, is to receive.  Begin to feel wonderful about it.  Feel
the way you will feel once it arrives.  Feel it now” (52)
.  Even if you haven’t got what you asked for yet, just
act like you would if you had already got it.  Maybe I haven’t got that million dollars yet, but why should that stop
me from buying everything in sight, maxing out all my credit cards, and moving out of my house and into that
mansion across town that is actually already mine because I asked the Universe for it and the Universe would not
let me down!  I’m also going to leave my wife because the woman of my dreams is on the way!
•        “
Everything that has been invented and created throughout the history of humankind began with
one thought” (57)
.  Yes, it’s hard to invent or create anything unless you’ve thought of it first.  But all those
schmucks who actually went a step further and
built the thing they invented were just doing unnecessary work
because the Universe could have easily done it for them!
•        This is my favourite part.  
“Food is not responsible for putting on weight.  It is your thought that
food is responsible for putting on weight that actually has food put on weight… Food cannot cause you
to put on weight, unless you
think it can” (59).  That you eat at McDonalds twelve times a week and sit on
your ass all day
has nothing to do with the fact that you’re a huge fatass.  It’s all those fat thoughts you keep
thinking!    All that stuff they tell you about calories and substance from food being digested and converted into
body substance is just a story they invented to scare children into eating vegetables.
•        “You must believe you will receive and that the perfect weight is yours already” (60).  To get thin, all you
have to do is believe you are
already thin!  So when I step on the scale and it says I weigh 300 pounds, obviously
the scale is wrong because I only weigh 130.  And since I
believe I weigh 130, I do!  This Secret stuff works
wonders!  I’m going to go eat an entire gallon of ice cream!
•        
“Time is an illusion.  Einstein told us that…If you can understand that there is no time, and
accept that concept, then you will see that whatever you want in the future already exists.  If everything
is happening at the one time, then the parallel version of you with whatever you want
already exists!”
(62)
. Einstein, who apparently was a big promoter of The Secret, says that time isn’t real and everything is
actually happening at once.  So that means I already have everything I want, it’s just that it belongs to the Future
Me.  So you’d better watch what you say to me because the Future Me is the Supreme Emperor of the Earth and
he might just have the Future You tortured and killed!
•        
“Size is nothing to the Universe.  It is no more difficult to attract, on a scientific level, something
that we consider huge to something that we consider infinitesimally small” (63)
.  I’d really like another
planet in the solar system.  Maybe something about ten times the size of Jupiter, orbiting right between the Earth
and Mars.  Go ahead Universe, do your stuff!
•        
“Some people have an easier time with little things, and so we sometimes say start with
something small, like a cup of coffee.  Make it your intention to attract a cup of coffee today” (64)
.  
When you go and order that coffee, you might be a few sips into it when you realise “Oh my fucking God it
actually worked!”  You may not know
how such a miracle came to be, but now you believe, and the world is
yours for the taking!
•        
“Hold an image of talking to an old friend that you haven’t seen for a long time…That person’s
going to phone you or you’ll get a letter from her” (64)
.  That’s fantastic news!  I was worried that I would
never hear from her again when she
died.
•        
“As someone says that they don’t have enough time, so it must be by the law of attraction…from
now on declare emphatically, ‘I have more than enough time,’ and change your life” (67)
.  Just believe
that you have all the time in the world, then kick back and relax as the clock stops ticking and dead-lines never
arrive!  I don’t need to work on that presentation I’m supposed to give in an hour and haven’t done anything to
prepare for.  I’ve got all the time in the world!

Powerful Processes
•        “Gratitude is absolutely the way to bring more into your life” (74). “Every morning I do not get
out of bed until I have felt the feelings of gratitude for this brand new day and all I am grateful for in
my life.  Then as I get out of bed, when one foot touches the ground I say, ‘Thank,’ and ‘you’ as my
second foot touches the ground.  With each step I take on my way to the bathroom, I say ‘Thank you.’  
I continue to say and feel ‘Thank you’ as I am showering and getting ready.  By the time I am ready for
the day, I have said ‘Thank you’ hundreds of times” (76)
What a wonderful technique!  That’s not bat-shit
crazy at all!
•        Hey, boy in the gutter whose parents are both dead and who has to scrounge through the garbage for food
and gets beaten up every day by delinquent drug dealers, why aren’t you
thanking the Universe?!  Don’t you
realise you’re only in poverty because of your negative thinking!  Have some fucking
gratitude!
•        
“Einstein knew a great deal of The Secret, and he said, ‘Thank You’ hundreds of times each day”
(79)
.  Although the author does not mention the source of this interesting tid-bit about Einstein, I’m sure it’s safe
to take her word for it.  Plus, we all know how much Einstein went around telling people that the Universe
understands and responds to all of our thoughts.  What part of E = mc² is so hard to understand?
•        
“Everyone has the power to visualise.  Let me prove it to you with a picture of a
kitchen…imagine yourself entering that kitchen, walking up to the refrigerator and putting your hand
on the door handle, opening the door, looking inside, and finding a cold bottle of water” (86)
.  That is
absolutely amazing!  Who would have thought that just by
thinking of your kitchen, actual images of the things in
your kitchen would
form in your mind!
•        “The first story is about a woman named Jeannie, who bought a DVD of The Secret and was
watching it at least once a day so that she would absorb the message right into the cells of her body.  
She was particularly impressed with Bob Proctor, and she thought it would be wonderful to meet
him…What Jeannie didn’t know is that Bob Proctor lived just four blocks away from her!...Can you
imagine her utter delight when the door opened and Bob Proctor was standing before her?” (88)
.  Since
it was Jeannie’s power of thought that brought this about, the Universe had to have actually acted retro-actively to
influence
past events to bring about a circumstance in which Jeannie and Bob Proctor found themselves living in
the same place at the same time.  Which means that
every past event that led to this state of affairs was a result
of Jeannie’s positive thinking.  Bob Proctor would never have lived there if he had never been born, and he would
never have been born if his parents hadn’t met, and maybe his parents would never have met if it weren’t for
something that happened as an indirect result of the World War II.  So now we all know that World War II really
only happened because the Universe had to let Jeannie meet Bob Proctor!
•       
 “One of the people on The Secret website forum put a picture of The Secret DVD on his Vision
Board.  He had seen
The Secret but he didn’t own his own copy.  Two days after he created his Vision
Board, I felt inspired to post a notice on The Secret Forum giving away DVDs to the first ten people
who posted.  He was one of the ten!” (91)
.  How can anyone doubt the magic after hearing that story?!

The Secret to Money
•        “The only reason any person does not have enough money is because they are blocking money
from coming to them with their thoughts…When you
need money, it is a powerful feeling within you,
and so of course through the law of attraction you will continue to attract
needing money” (99).  Thank
god!  I was worried that poor people would be able to use the Secret to start making more money than me, but
they need it too much to be able to get it!
•        
“You are now coming to understand that there is abundance for you, and it is not your job to work
out ‘how’ the money will come to you” (101)
.  Just ask any rich person and they’ll tell you: I didn’t have to
work hard or come up with an idea to make this money.  I just asked the Universe and the next thing I knew
money was growing on the trees in my backyard.
•        
“If the words ‘I can’t afford it’ have passed your lips, your power to change that is now.  Change
it with, ‘I can afford that!  I can buy that!’ Say it over and over.  Become like a parrot” (102)
.  What do
you mean there’s a part of you that knows you really
can’t afford it?  You’re not thinking rationally, are you?  
The Secret doesn’t work if you actually
think about it.
•        
“A game I created that helped shift my feelings about my pile of bills was to pretend that the bills
were actually checks.  I would jump for joy as I opened them and say, ‘More money for me!” (105)
.
Another great technique!  That’s not sad and delusional at all!
•        
“And then I meet a lot of people who are ‘spiritual,’ but they are sick and broke all the time”
(109)
.  Seriously, what good is spiritual harmony if you don’t have the green to back it up?
•        
“If you have been brought up to believe that being wealthy is not spiritual, then I highly
recommend you read The Millionaires of the Bible Series by Catherine Ponder.  In these glorious
books you will discover that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Jesus were not only
prosperity teachers, but also millionaires themselves” (109)
.  That’s totally right.  When God wrote the
Bible, he just forgot to mention how Jesus was not just the son of a carpenter, but of the CEO of the largest
international Carpentry Corporation that ever existed.  And when he said that stuff about how it’s easier for a
camel to get through the head of a pin than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, God was just
misquoting him.  What he
actually said is, “Money money money!”

The Secret to Relationships
•        “When you want to attract something into your life, make sure your actions don’t contradict your
desires.  One of the most wonderful examples of this is…a story of a woman who wanted to attract her
perfect partner into her life…one day as she arrived home and was parking her car in the middle of the
garage, she gasped as she realized that her actions were contradicting what she wanted.  If her car was
in the middle of the garage, there was no room for her perfect partner’s car!...So she immediately
cleaned up her garage and parked her car to one side…she then went into her bedroom and opened her
wardrobe.  There was no room for her perfect partner’s clothes.  So she moved some her clothes to
make space.  She had also been sleeping in the middle of her bed, and so she began sleeping on ‘her’
side, leaving space for her partner” (116)
.  Of course, not long after, she related her story to Mike Dooley
over dinner, who just happened to be one of the contributors to
The Secret, and was astonished to find that she
had found her perfect partner!  Her imaginary friend had become real!  And it can happen to you too!
•        
“Many people have sacrificed themselves for others, thinking when they sacrifice themselves
they are being a good person.  Wrong!” (118)
.  Seriously, what could be more selfish than self-sacrifice?  All
those assholes who make sacrifices for the good of others should be ashamed of themselves.  Especially
Jesus…wait a minute…oh that’s right.  He wasn’t
really crucified.  He got some selfish jerk to take his place, and
didn’t tell God while the Bible was getting written.
•        
“All your joy is on the frequency of love—the highest and most powerful frequency of all” (122).  
That means it must be of a higher frequency than deadly Gamma rays.  So just be careful not to hang around
someone who loves you too much or you might get radiation poisoning.

The Secret to Health
•        “The placebo effect is a powerful phenomenon.  When patients think and truly believe the tablet
is a cure, they will
receive what they believe and they will be cured” (126).  So let’s save the
pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars and make every medicine a placebo!
•        
“If our entire bodies are replaced within a few years, as science has proven, then how can it be
that degeneration or illness remains in our bodies for years?  It can only be held there by thought”
(130)
.  Wow.  That is rock solid.  I can’t believe doctors who have been practicing medicine for their entire lives
weren’t even able to realise that.  The author is obviously a genius of a calibre far beyond anyone currently
involved in medical science.
•        
“You can see that beliefs about aging are all in our minds” (131).  We only age because we think we
are supposed to.  As long as you believe you’re not getting any older, immortality is yours!
•        
“If you are feeling a little unwell, don’t talk about it—unless you want more of it” (132).  Seriously,
if you are a woman and feel a lump in your breast, the best thing to do is ignore it and just believe that you are not
getting breast cancer.  But under no circumstances should you actually get tested, because that will cause you to
get cancer.  As long as you don’t know for sure that you have it, you don’t have it!
•        Hey, kid in the hospital dying from a supposedly incurable disease.  Don’t you know that you can get better
just by
believing that you’ll get better?  So why aren’t you getting better?  You’re not believing hard enough!  
What’s wrong with you?  You ought to be ashamed of yourself, dying kid.  If you can’t even use a simple Secret
to cure your terminal illness, you must
deserve to die.

The Secret to the World
•        “The anti-war movement creates more war” (142).  I don’t have a sarcastic comment for this one.  
That just
really pissed me off.
•        
“Often elections are tipped in favor of the person that the people are really against, because he’s
getting all the energy and all the focus” (143)
.  So obviously the best way to get elected is to run as many
negative ads against
yourself as possible.
•        
“When I discovered The Secret I made a decision that I would not watch the news or read
newspapers anymore, because it did not make me feel good” (145)
.  Yeah, the absolute worst thing you
can do in life is to be informed about world events.  The best way to live is to bury your head in the sand, make
sure you know as little as possible about what’s going on the world, and just imagine that all of your desires are
fulfilled.
•        
“There’s a big lie that acts like a virus within the mind of humanity.  And that lie is, ‘There’s not
enough to go around.  There’s lack and there’s limitation and there’s just not enough” (147)
.  Don’t
believe what anyone says—we can
all live in mansions and drive expensive cars and eat until we burst and own
slaves…provided we don’t let the slaves in on the Secret.
•        
“The directors of Belize Natural Energy Limited were trained by the eminent Dr. Tony Quinn,
who specializes in Humanistic Physiology training.  With Dr. Quinn’s mind power training, the directors
were confident that their mental picture of Belize being a successful oil-producing country would be
achieved…and in one short year their dream and vision became a reality.  Belize Natural Energy
Limited discovered oil of the highest quality, in abundant flows where fifty other companies had failed
to find any” (149)
.  So don’t believe the experts who tell you that oil is a finite resource.  In fact, you don’t even
need to go to a gas station again!  Just believe you’ve got an infinite supply of gas in your tank and you will never
run out!
•        
“Lisa’s wise words, to ‘praise and bless’ the things around you, are worth their weight in gold”
(151)
.  This is very true, especially considering that words don’t weigh a goddamn thing.

The Secret to You
•        “I never studied science or physics at school, and yet when I read complex books on quantum
physics I understood them perfectly because I wanted to understand them” (156)
.  Why should we even
bother sending our kids to school?  As long as they
think they understand something, they do.
•        
“I don’t care what city you’re living in, you’ve got enough power in your body, potential power, to
illuminate the whole city for nearly a week” (158)
.  What a revelation!  Looks like we can kiss the energy
crisis goodbye!  But why only a week?  And why doesn’t it matter how big the city is?  But those are probably
technical issues that we don’t need to be worried about.  What we need to do is set up a way to draw this
potential power from human bodies, who will probably have to die to make it work.  I propose we use the babies
of poor Irish families.
•        
“It is not people who are giving you the things you desire.  If you hold that false belief, you
experience lack, because you are looking at the outside world and people as the supply.  The true
supply is the invisible field…The Universal Intelligence which pervades everything moved people,
circumstances, and events to give that thing to you, because that is the law” (163)
.  That’s nice.  I never
have to thank anyone ever again.  If someone does me a favour I can just turn aside and say “Thank you,
Universe, for giving me this person as a tool to get me what I want!”


But Seriously…
Some final points about why this should not be believed

Practical arguments:
•        Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.  That so-and-so supposedly used The Secret and it
worked does not constitute hard evidence.
•        Claming that various great historical figures were authorities on The Secret is not evidence either, and most
of these persons would almost certainly disagree with the book’s central claims.  Conveniently, not a single one of
them is alive and available for comment.
•        All scientific knowledge is based on the connection of Cause and Effect.  There is no Effect without a cause
and there is no Cause without an Effect.  We can explain to a significant degree how things came to be the way
they are through natural causes.  But if
human thought is as significant a causal agent as it must be for The Secret
to work, the Universe must have known in advance what every person who used The Secret would want, and
pre-arranged itself to bring about those events at their proper time.  We are now introducing human desire
(oftentimes
petty human desire) into the causal chain that brought the Universe as we know it into being.  But this
leaves us powerless, as it’s already been determined by the Universe whether we will get what we want.  And
then what role could the magnetic frequency of our thoughts—which were not transmitted at the beginning of the
Universe—actually play in causing something to happen?  But if we
do have free will, and my desire for a good
parking spot is actually what caused someone who had a good spot to get in their car and drive away just before I
arrived, what happened to
that person’s free will?
•        Any claim you make will be irrefutable if you attach to it the claim that it only works if you have absolute
faith that it will work.  For instance: Today you will get a great parking spot, but only if you truly believe that you
will.  If you get the spot, it worked!  If you didn’t get it that’s because your belief was not strong enough.  This is
so obvious it shouldn’t even have to be said.
•        What if one person uses The Secret to visualise winning the Gold medal in an event and another person
uses The Secret to also visualise winning the Gold?  If both are equally convinced that it will work, how does the
Universe decide which person wins?  And no, both of them specifically asked that it would
not be a tie.

Ethical arguments:
•        It seems that the author has only three things in mind when it comes to what we might ask the Universe for:
money, health, and good-looks.  What about asking the Universe for wisdom?  Will we become wise just by
believing that we are already wise?  Socrates might have something to say about that.
•        What about asking the Universe for something terrible to happen to another person?  If I use The Secret to
believe an enemy of mine will die and he actually dies, does that constitute murder?
•        I must return to the issue of the dying child in the hospital.  I’m all for taking personal responsibility, but
sometimes people really are suffering through no fault of their own.  And if you want that child to believe that the
only reason he is not getting better is because he is not thinking positively enough, and by consequence that
he is
to blame
for his illness, you are really a piece of shit and you ought to be ashamed of your miserable greedy
fucking self.
•        The idea that we are infinite beings and part of a single consciousness that is creating the universe and
creating our lives as we experience the universe
may be true.  I actually believed that for a long time and am still
open to the possibility.  The problem is juxtaposing such a deep and profound idea with awful, stupid lies.  For the
ignorant, this spiritual truth lends credence to the bullshit.  For the intelligent, the bullshit diminishes the spiritual
truth.  Combining bullshit and wisdom has been done since the beginning of time—it’s called
religion.
•        The most important point is this:  If we all believe that we can achieve anything just by thinking
optimistically, we are all doomed.
The Secret
Rhonda Byrne – 2006